Graham Reid | | 1 min read
Almost a decade ago this Australian
singer-songwriter penned Not Pretty Enough, a penetrating
chart-topper about self-doubt. The title track here sounds like its
rejoinder with the wisdom of years: Chambers sings of a broken
relationship, how a little bird told her what to do the get the guy
back, “but I don't want you that bad”.
This irrepressibly catchy song and
Invisible Girl (about that feeling of going unnoticed) show
although Chambers might be a married mother of two she still
understands those awful feelings of adolescence. And although
nominally an alt.country artist these songs and others here have a
sharp pop quality that could easily cross to the intelligent teen
Elsewhere are songs of adult concerns:
Somewhere (with Patty Griffin) is about the indifferent or
unkind world of broken promises(“and I'm all cried out”); This
Story is an edgy rocker of heartache (“take her out and put me
back in, I just can't win”); and Love Like a Hurricane is a
lap steel ballad with Kevin Bennett as the other half (“we got to
roll with the punches . . . ask for forgiveness”) . . .
Chambers is happier now so the dark
songs are fewer than on her terrific Rattlin' Bones (with
husband Shane Nicholson, here along with her guitarist dad Bill) and
tracks like Georgia Brown sound like they came in rush of
But brittle rockers like Down Here on Earth have a rubbed raw feel.
Chambers finds smart songs in happiness, childhood, teen angst and adulthood.
NB: There is a deluxe edition of this excellent CD worth seeking out; it comes with another disc of three extra songs and Chambers speaking about each track on the album;and an interview DVD which captures the essence of the self-effacing and very funny Chambers, the kind of person you'd be real happy to have round at the house for a barbecue.